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Welcome to Canberra’s creative heart.
Gorman Arts Centre is a multi-disciplinary centre complete with theatres, galleries, dance studios, artist studios and a restaurant all set in the heritage gardens and surrounds.
Ainslie Arts Centre is the music hub with rehearsal and performance spaces for musicians and office spaces dedicated to music festivals and all things music.
Both centres are significant heritage-listed buildings and grounds that reside on Ngunnawal Country and located within walking distance of each other and to Canberra’s city centre. Together, the centres house one-third of the ACT’s Key Arts Organisations and a diverse range of other creative practitioners.
Ainslie Arts Centre was built in 1927 and operated as a primary school and later converted into the music hub that operates today.
Gorman Arts Centre was originally historic Gorman House. Built in the 1920's, it was a hostel which housed the first public servants in Canberra. Remnants of its history remain in its Art Deco architecture, towering Hawthorn trees and the original telephone booth.
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